Accession Number : ADP003975

Title :   Rapid Evaluation of Family Dynamics: On the Evaluation of Family Crisis Situations,

Corporate Author : MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA

Personal Author(s) : Shoberg,J. D.

Report Date : DEC 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : This paper describes methods used in a child and family psychology clinic (located at the 97th General Hospital, Frankfurt), to affect rapid evaluation of family dynamics and problems. Particularly important was the effective utilization of a small staff of behavioral science specialists and professionals employing a diagnostic children's group (emphasizing both social interaction and directed standard projective drawings); kinetic family drawings with whole family participation; structured developmental and a problem oriented parental interview; individual examination of the identified patient and effective staff integration of the data prior to direct feedback to the family. Generally, it was found that a staff of two professionals and a minimum of four supporting paraprofessionals was able to effectively evaluate and affect disposition (usually to treatment) of up to four families in our four to four-and-a-half hour period. One advantage of these methods was that families referred for elevation and treatment from remote areas with few or no behavioral science resources could begin high-impact treatment, generally the day after evaluation. Since it was rare to have some families available for more than five clinical days, the necessity for rapid evaluation was paramount.

Descriptors :   *Military psychology, *Families(Human), Behavior, Children, Social psychology, Interactions, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE